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EOC: The Equal Opportunities Commission has launched a search for a media director following the departure of Catherine Evans to the teenage sexual health advisory charity Brook. Reporting to head of communications Sarah Wootton, the postholder will manage a three-strong press team. Acting media director is Daniel Harris Associates consultant Daniel Harris.

LONDON: The capital’s promotional body, VisitLondon, has launched a Christmas section – Love Xmas, Love London – on its website. It offers themed pages and tips on places to stay, where to buy your presents, where to eat and drink, and where to pamper yourself and party. For more information go to www.visitlondon.com.

BIRMINGHAM: One of the country’s first-ever campaigns to raise awareness of loan sharks has led to an arrest in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council’s campaign, which launched in October, includes advertising on local radio, bus backs, trains and on postcards in shop windows and supermarkets in the West Midlands region from Stoke to Herefordshire to warn against the dangers of illegal money lenders.

The campaign will run for two years and may lead to further arrests, a spokeswoman warned.

IPR: An Institute of Public Relations Local Government Group member has published guidelines on the principles of excellence for council online press offices. A report prepared by IPR LGG member Jennifer Andrewes details research she carried out for her employer, Cardiff Council, as part of her IPR diploma.

GLASGOW: NHS Greater Glasgow, Strathclyde Police and Cambuslang and Rutherglen Healthy Living Initiative have launched a campaign to cut the number of adults buying alcohol for under-18s. The ‘Do Us a Favour...?’ poster campaign targets adults who buy alcohol for people aged under 18 – as well as the off-licences that sell to them.

MADRID: Madrid Autonomous Regional Government is using

Virtue Communications for a 14-month period to broadcast its press conferences. The move is intended to encourage greater public participation in the democratic process. Virtue has been webcasting Barcelona’s city council’s monthly plenary sessions since February 2002.

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